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Scottish court upholds Lockerbie bomber's conviction

Edinburgh - Five judges at Scotland's highest court of criminal appeal on Friday upheld the conviction of the only man found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing after a posthumous legal challenge.

UK and Canada condemn Chinese 'barbarism' against Uighur minority

London - Britain and Canada on Tuesday accused China of human rights violations and "barbarism" against its Uighur minority and announced new rules to ban imports of goods suspected of being made using forced labour.

UK condemns Chinese 'barbarism' against Uighur minority

London - Britain on Tuesday accused China of human rights violations amounting to "barbarism" against its Uighur minority, as it announced new rules to ban imports of goods suspected of using forced labour.

England opens mass vaccination sites as virus spike fears spread

London - Seven mass coronavirus vaccination sites opened across England on Monday as the government races to dose millions of people while a new strain of the disease runs rampant across the country.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit social media: report

London - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have quit social media after growing disillusioned by the "hate" they have found on sites like Facebook and Twitter, a UK newspaper reported on Sunday.

UK reports record 1,325 coronavirus deaths over 24 hours

London - Britain on Friday reported a record 1,325 deaths over a 24 period from people testing positive for coronavirus, as a surge in cases piled pressure on overstretched health services, forcing London to declare a major incident.

UK scrambles for hospital beds as virus surges

London - Medical chiefs in England raced to boost treatment capacity on Thursday as a surge in coronavirus cases risked overwhelming hospitals, even as the government stepped up its mass inoculation campaign.

Ireland seeks post-Brexit plain sailing with direct shipping to EU

Dublin - Ireland has ramped up direct shipping routes to mainland Europe since the end of the Brexit transition period, seeking new passages to the EU bypassing freight jams feared at UK borders.

UK finance sector unsure of post-Brexit future

London - While Britain's post-Brexit trade deal with the EU has at last been reached, the future of the country's key financial services industry is uncertain ahead of bilateral talks.

UK vows 'sprint' to vaccine finishing line

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said the coronavirus marathon had turned into a hopeful sprint to vaccinate millions in the weeks ahead but justified another lockdown to relieve crisis-hit hospitals.

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail despite US extradition block

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must remain in custody in Britain, while the US appeals a court decision to block his extradition to face charges there for leaking secret documents, a judge in London ruled Wednesday.

UK court hears WikiLeaks' Assange is flight risk if bailed

London - The United States on Wednesday urged a judge in London not to release WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on bail, as it seeks to appeal a decision to block his extradition to face charges for publishing secret documents.

No Scottish golf trip for Trump, says leader Sturgeon

Edinburgh - Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday poured cold water on rumours that Donald Trump was set to visit, saying even the US president was subject to coronavirus travel restrictions.

Assange case remains threat to investigative journalism: analysts

Washington - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dodged a bullet Monday when a British judge refused to extradite him to the United States to face charges under an espionage law, but experts say his case remains an ominous threat to press freedom.

UK court rejects Assange's US extradition over suicide fears

London - A British judge on Monday blocked Julian Assange's extradition to the United States to face espionage charges after deciding the WikiLeaks founder was at serious risk of suicide, sparking disappointment in Washington.

Kidney patient, 82, gets first Oxford/AstraZeneca jab

London - An 82-year-old man on Monday became the first person in the world to receive AstraZeneca and Oxford University's new Covid jab outside a clinical trial, raising hopes the fight against a resurgent virus will accelerate.

French-Irish teen's Malaysia death ruled misadventure

Kuala Lumpur - A French-Irish teenager with learning difficulties died by misadventure after disappearing in the Malaysian jungle on a family holiday and no one else was involved, a coroner ruled Monday.

Assange faces UK court ruling on extradition to US

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a UK court ruling on Monday over whether he should be extradited to the United States on espionage charges for publishing hundreds of thousands of secret documents online.

UK's Brexit plans hold up as first working week of 2021 begins

Dover - UK ports on Monday sailed through the first working day since Britain left the EU's single market and customs union, with preparations for post-Brexit trade holding firm as traffic remained muted.

Malaysian coroner to give inquest verdict in French-Irish teen's death

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian coroner will Monday deliver an inquest verdict into the death of a French-Irish teen whose body was found in the jungle after she went missing on a family holiday.

Covid woes, not new checks, weigh on post-Brexit passengers

Paris - Travellers braving trains between London and Paris on the first day after Britain's exit from the EU customs union experienced additional checks but were more worried by the extra rules required for travel in a pandemic-haunted world.

All quiet on cross-Channel front as new era opens in Dover

Dover - As dawn broke Friday over Dover, Britain's trading gateway to the European Union, the first ferry sailings to and from France of the new post-Brexit era left without delay or drama in holiday-thinned traffic.

'Show must go on': Smooth start for post Brexit Channel freight

Calais - A steady flow of trucks in and out of France helped dispel fears of a chaotic start to Britain's first hours outside the EU customs union, with a high-tech smart border system smoothing crossings by tunnel and sea.

New Year, new rules: UK begins post-Brexit future

London - Britain on Friday began a new year and life outside the European Union's single market, with the first trucks crossing the Channel by ferry and rail largely reporting few difficulties despite new customs rules.

Boris Johnson: Britain's 'cakeist' Brexit leader

London - Boris Johnson is an unabashed believer in having his cake and eating it, and insists his big Brexit gamble has paid off as he leads Britain into life outside the European Union.

Brexit becomes reality as UK quits EU single market

London - Britain on Thursday finally severed its turbulent half-century partnership with Europe, quitting the EU single market and customs union to go its own way four-and-a-half years after its shock vote to leave the bloc.

After EU, what's next for 'Global Britain'?

London - A brave new world or a dangerous leap into the unknown? After nearly 50 years of integration with Europe, Britain starts an uncertain new chapter on January 1.- What changes on January 1?

Boris Johnson's father seeks French citizenship

Paris - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's father Stanley confirmed plans on Thursday to seek French citizenship as the free movement of Britons in the EU comes to an end under the Brexit pact delivered by his son.

Spain, UK agree 11th-hour border deal for Gibraltar

Madrid - Gibraltar will become part of Europe's passport-free zone to keep movement fluid on its border with Spain in a landmark deal reached just hours before Britain leaves the EU custom's union and single market, Spain's top diplomat said Thursday.

Post-Brexit borders to divide EU, UK citizens

Apo - From January 1 British and EU citizens will be confronted with the reality of Brexit as the transition period ends and borders that were done away with decades ago return.
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